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Janet Olson, dog thief and animal activist, given 90-day conditional sentence

02/24/2015 01:45 EST | Updated 04/26/2015 05:59 EDT
A woman who pleaded guilty to stealing three dogs from Surrey backyards has been given a 90-day conditional sentence and 30 hours of community service, which means she will not serve any time in jail.

Janet Olson admitted to stealing dozens of dogs while she worked with the group "A Better Life Dog Rescue," but said it was to prevent the worse crime of animal abuse. 

"Our animal cruelty laws in Canada encompass one paragraph, and even those laws are not enforced. So my defence is I'm not intentionally breaking the law, I'm intentionally enforcing it," she said at her sentencing hearing.

The judge, however, said Olson took the law into her own hands and her vigilante act was unjustified.

The judge also said Olson is not a threat to the public anymore but she was also not remorseful.

During her sentencing hearing last month, both her lawyer and Crown lawyers agreed she was acting out of compassion, but Crown prosecutors argued her actions still need to be condemned.

Olson's sentence is less than the 12 to 18 month conditional sentence that the Crown prosecutors had wanted. Her lawyers had requested a conditional discharge. 

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